Ken Zebrowski, state lawmaker has passed a bill to ban smoking in motels and hotels in New York city. He has passed the bill after he personally experienced such things in the hotels he has stayed in the city.
"I travel and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms. I've noticed that if you're above, below or next to a smoking room, the smoke readily travels through the ventilation system," said Zebrowski.
He also said that the legislation was in line with the current focus on improving public health. He also thinks that he will get support from public as he has already been supported by an anti-tobacco group called American Lung Association and POW'R Against Tobacco. The group said in a statement that the ban will help not only the guests but even the workers in the hotels.
"It's important to protect people when they're in an enclosed environment and they're subject to the behavior of others, as in a hotel or motel room. Venting systems just aren't sufficient to clear the air," he added.
If the bill passes, New York would join four other states namely Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin which have already prohibited smoking in hotel rooms.